Yes, yes, the Memorial Day barbeques and pool parties are lovely. And thank god summer is finally here. But the fact that HBO temporarily suspends Game of Thrones over the holiday weekend has turned it into a bit of an anti-holiday in my household. That said, even if we can’t watch the show, at least we can sit around idly speculating about it.
When Season 4 began, I suggested that while it might not offer any single shock quite on the level of Season 3’s Red Wedding or Season 1’s Be-Nedding, it would offer many more such shocks and they would likely be doled out incrementally over the course of the season. Even a month ago, when I wrote an earlier post on spoilers, I still imagined that a few Big Moments were imminent. But of the six scenes on my previous list, only one—the defenestration of Lysa Arryn—has yet taken place, and even that was in the final scene of episode seven. Which is all a long way of saying that, having taken their time with a few narrative detours over the course of the season, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss look as though they’re preparing to cram an extraordinary number of thrills into the last three episodes.
Before I go further, let me say once more that these are spoilers, intended only for readers of the George R. R. Martin novels. If you haven’t read the books, get out now. (Any book readers who don’t want to be reminded of what is coming are encouraged to do likewise.) Also, I should note that I have not seen any of the three remaining episodes, so technically these spoilers aren’t really even spoilers, but rather educated spoiler-y guesses. Readers are welcome to offer their own guesses in the comments, especially given my own mediocre results to date in predicting where things have been headed.